Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 7, 2014

Sports briefs for Friday, March 7

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Area trio named to HBM girls Top 60 squad

Three area standouts were named to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 senior girls squad Thursday.

Kokomo’s Jasmine Love, Western’s Carley O’Neal and Tipton’s Kacie Juday made the cut from 100 to 60, and will now compete in the Top 60 workout, hosted by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and the IHSAA at Marian University on March 16.

The workout will be split into two sessions, with 28 girls from southern and northern Indiana participating in the first session from 1-3 p.m., and 32 girls from central Indiana participating in the second session from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Both sessions are open to the public. Admission will cost $7.

Bowling association to award scholarships

The City of Firsts USBC Bowling Association will present scholarships this spring to graduating seniors who are sanctioned bowlers in the Kokomo organization through either Kokomo Sport Bowl or Don Lowry Lanes. The deadline for submitting a scholarship application is April 1.

Any youth bowler who qualifies and has not yet received an application is asked to contact scholarship chairman DiAnne Rickel at 765-450-8574 or 765-860-2080.

Maconaquah board to discuss conference

Maconaquah High School has scheduled a school board work session for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria to discuss the school’s conference affiliation. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Cadillac Championship halted by storm

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday — this time because of the weather, not his back.

The debut of the new Blue Monster, and the return of Woods, received an incomplete grade Thursday when the opening round of the Cadillac Championship was halted more than two hours because of menacing thunderstorms.

Harris English was among only six players who finished the round, hitting 5-iron into the par-3 ninth hole and rolling in a 45-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 69.

Woods, who walked off after 13 holes Sunday in the Honda Classic because of lower back pain and spasms, said he warmed up well and felt good during the delay. His golf didn’t look all that great. He was 2-over par through 10 holes, ending the day with a wedge that came up some 20 yards short of his target, leading to a three-putt for bogey from about 55 feet.

Jason Dufner was going along beautifully for 10 holes until he struggled to find fairways in a crosswind. Brett Rumford began his round by hitting four shots before he put one in play. Three went into the water on the par-5 10th, and he started out with an 11.

ND tennis player reveals he is gay

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Notre Dame tennis player Matt Dooley said the hardest person to tell he was gay was himself.

“Saying gay for the first time was extremely tough, almost choking, because you know your life will never be the same. That was the hardest part, to move forward from there,” the 22-year-old senior said Thursday. “For me at least, every part of my being was like, ‘No, no you’re not.’ But I talk about growing. You learn to accept what you can’t change, and this is something I can’t change.”

Dooley says he has received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback since disclosing publicly on Monday in an article posted on Outsports.com that he was gay. He had told his coaches in August and his teammates on Sept. 16, the two-year anniversary of trying to commit suicide by overdosing on pills because he was struggling with who he was.

“That day I wanted nothing more than to escape the anguish of coming out to my family, my friends, and, in a way, myself,” he wrote in the article. “Death was better than accepting — or revealing — that I was gay.”